A Gentleman In Moscow takes us deep into the 1920’s and Count Alexander Rostov. A man who has been found guilty of writing a poem the government deems seditious. He has a wonderful sense of humor and is not afraid to stand up to the tribunal at all, though it could mean he will be shot.
At 30, he is looked at as an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across from the Kremlin.
He will now reside in the attic room and watch as the decades unfold around him. Avoiding the outside world, he turns to the one smaller one he is in and discovers much about himself and his fellow guests.
Over the span of 30 years, we watch as he loses his worldly possessions but gains a whole new perspective on his world and the people in it.
The characters are all rich and complex. The language is the descriptive lushness we expect from Towles. This book made me laugh, cry and towards the end I read slower and slower because I didn’t want it to end. My favorite paragraph was the final one.
What a great book and a great writer.